How to unlock a file

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 420benz, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. 420benz macrumors 6502

    420benz

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    One of my files says XLS with a lock icon on it. When i add more info it prompts [wright only]. How can i unlock this file?
     
  2. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    I think you right click the file and "get info". You should see a padlock at the bottom which you click on and enter your admin password.

    I think.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If it's simply a file lock, right-click on it and "Get Info", then uncheck the "Locked" box. If it's an Excel file that's password-protected, you'd need the password to open or edit it.
     
  4. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did put a password lock on this file,but the file opens first which the password was to prevent.The only thing the password prevents is to add to the file.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You may already know this, but there are two levels of password protection in Excel. You can require a password to modify a file, but you can also require a password to open/view a file.
     
  6. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately I don't know to do that.I had a step by step website called Mac in minutes. It did not work for me.I could not add the files to the icon that lookes like a hard drive.

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    BTW: I have 3 files in a folder which is on the dock.I named it private. This is the folder I would like to password protect.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Take a screen shot of what you're talking about and post it.
    You can't password-protect a folder. You can create an encrypted disk image, but you can't lock a folder with a password in Mac OS X. Also, folders on your Dock are only aliases that point to folders on your Mac.
     
  8. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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